Help Ruby's GITMO Cats

$5,200 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 76 people in 20 months

We have worked with Pilots N Paws to make the airlift happen this weekend!  The Navy, including the base at Guantanamo Bay have worked with Operation Git-Meow and Pilots N Paws and all the generous contributors, the base Vet Clinic, and base volunteers to take all Ruby's cats to their new home on Sunday May 14th!  The funds will be used to pay for expenses such as insurance, landing fees, aircraft fuel, and other costs.  We will post photos on Sunday from Guantanamo as the cats fly off to their forever home.  


Help Ruby’s 30 Beloved Cats “Escape From Guantanamo Bay”!   

Unlike the fictional Harold and Kumark, these cats have had happy lives at Guantanamo Bay, but now it’s time to immigrate to the USA for good! 

Ruby has been rescuing cats at the US Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the past 12 years while working on the Base as a government contractor.  Ruby has taken in cats that were sick, were abandoned by their owners, as well as feral cats needing a safe home.  She has done this all at her own expense, including paying for food, shelter, spaying and neutering, and all their veterinary care.  But now Ruby is leaving Guantanamo to retire in South Carolina where she has a property which will accommodate all her cats.  Unfortunately, the rules to transport pets from the Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay are very restrictive and very expensive-nearly $1000 per pet just to fly them to Florida.  The only way Ruby can get all her beloved cats to their new home in South Carolina is to charter a small aircraft to fly them there, which will cost $20,000- money she does not have.  Ruby has saved hundreds of cats over the years and she really needs help from all animal lovers to cover the costs.  Even getting all her cats to the airstrip will require many volunteers from Operation Git-Meow and the base to help get her cats into their carriers and to get all the carriers loaded on the aircraft, but everyone wants to help the woman who has helped so many others.

She needs to fly her cats off Guantanamo Bay by mid-May 2017, so we need to raise the money for her as soon as possible to contract for the charter flight.

Here are some of Ruby’s adorable cats and their stories!

 

This is T-3.  He showed up as a scrawny kitten about 5 years ago and would sneak in to steal food.  With a lot of love and patience he has now become a great loving cat.


This is Pepe who is 9 years old.  He is one of the “4 Horsemen” because he and his 3 brothers used to stomp around the house like a herd making lots of noise when they were kittens!




Here is Boo, but don’t say his name too loudly or he will wake up! 


Here is the lovely Morticia.  While her namesake may prefer darkness, this girl loves the sun!  She just showed up at Ruby’s door about 4 years ago and made herself at home.  She wraps everyone around her little paws because she is such a sweet cat!  In the second photo Morticia is with her pal, Droopy! 



Here is Diablo, who was abandoned at the age of 2 by his human owner when they left the base.  It took 4 people to catch him, and over time he has become a very talkative and cuddly boy who loves his food!  Diablo is typical of many Cuban cats who look black but are actually a very deep brown like the famed “Havana Brown” breed of cats. 



Anything you can contribute to help would be greatly appreciated!
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All 25 cats are winging their way to their new home! Some of the cats could not be trapped, but the 25 furry family members that were ready have made it to the Bahamas! They will be reunited with their Daddy in South Carolina tonight! Pilots N Paws' wonderful pilots Steve and Mike are taking good care of them during their travels. Great thanks to Ruby, her friends, the Naval Station, the Dept of the Navy, Pilots N Paws, all the volunteers and Operation Git-Meow. Their new specially-designed residence, dubbed the "Cat Palace" is truly a remarkable new home!
Landed in the USA at Fort Pierce. ETA Lancaster SC tonight at 6:30! YEAH!!!

Great news! We just received 501(c)(3) nonprofit status from the IRS, so your donations should be tax-deductible We can send you a receipt for your donations, since our status is backdated to 11January 2017.

We will be closing the Go Fund Me for the airlift, but be sure to follow us on Facebook at Operation Git-Meow!
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Here are some photos from the Sunday airlift! We would still welcome donations so we can reimburse the pilots for the total cost of their fuel. Thanks to all the donors and your incredible support-we could not have done it without your generosity.
Paying the pilots for expenses!
Pilots Steve and Mike with Ruby!
The amazing group that made this happen!
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Check out the video on Operation Git-Meow's Facebook Page to see a news report of Ruby's cats arrive in South Carolina last night! We can still use more donations to help defray the large cost of the airline fuel needed for the flight. Thank you again to Ruby, the Navy, Pilots N' Paws, and all the many volunteers and friends to came together for this happy ending.
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All 25 cats are winging their way to their new home! Some of the cats could not be trapped, but the 25 furry family members that were ready have made it to the Bahamas! They will be reunited with their Daddy in South Carolina tonight! Pilots N Paws' wonderful pilots Steve and Mike are taking good care of them during their travels. Great thanks to Ruby, her friends, the Naval Station, the Dept of the Navy, Pilots N Paws, all the volunteers and Operation Git-Meow. Their new specially-designed residence, dubbed the "Cat Palace" is truly a remarkable new home!
Landed in the USA at Fort Pierce. ETA Lancaster SC tonight at 6:30! YEAH!!!
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Jv Tevlin
18 months ago

I wish there was a way to let people at Gitmo know that TNR is being successfully practiced at our naval base in Bahrain. The cats do NOT have to be killed!

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Sue Mackey Augustus
19 months ago

Thanks so much for the updates, and happy to hear 25 furry friends are on the final leg of travel to their wonderful new lives. I really do appreciate you taking the time to update! Sue

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Raised by 76 people in 20 months
Created March 29, 2017
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Pamela Opdyke
19 months ago

God bless You, Ruby.

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Kenny A
19 months ago

Hope you have a safe flight! Enjoy retirement!!

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19 months ago
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Cynthia Benoit
19 months ago
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I trap neuter and return also. Let me know if you need help. I'm a pro been trapping rescuing for the last 15years. Good work.

Jv Tevlin
18 months ago

I wish there was a way to let people at Gitmo know that TNR is being successfully practiced at our naval base in Bahrain. The cats do NOT have to be killed!

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Sue Mackey Augustus
19 months ago

Thanks so much for the updates, and happy to hear 25 furry friends are on the final leg of travel to their wonderful new lives. I really do appreciate you taking the time to update! Sue

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